Culturally-Based & Ethno-Specific Services
Jewish Family Services of Ottawa, through The Counselling Group, offers counselling in a queer-friendly environment which will allow you to explore thoughts and feelings about relationships, family of origin issues, school / work place difficulties, coming out, parenting, questions around sexual orientation and gender identity, communication, and relationship violence. Both individual and couples counselling available.
Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees (IRQR) is an international, not-for-profit, queer human rights organization based in Toronto. IRQR provides support and counseling to Iranian queers worldwide.
Face it! is a non-profit initiative that aims to promote the recognition of ethnic/racial and gender/sexual diversity within and outside Latin American* communities in Ontario. It offers an interdisciplinary space for groups and individuals who have an interest in community work along the lines of queer, feminist, indigenous, environmentalist, marginalized and anti-oppression analysis and action.
Kulanu Toronto is a Jewish LGBTQ social, educational, and cultural group whose programming is geared towards people of all ages. Our community includes people of various Jewish affiliations, from secular to religious. Events include Shabbat dinners, Chanukah parties, speed dating, Pesach Seders, and pub nights. Friends and allies welcome.
Two-Spirited People of the First Nations is a non-profit social services organization serving two-spirit / Aboriginal LGBTQ+ people in the Toronto area. Services include counseling and referrals, outreach and education, community events (including social, cultural, and spiritual), volunteer programs, long-term care program, community-based Aboriginal research projects, two-spirit curriculum development project, HIV/AIDS support and prevention, harm reduction tools and materials, and quarterly newsletters.
CultureLink provides settlement services for newcomers in Toronto, including employment services, language training, support with housing and finances, Roma settlement services, mentorship, programs for youth and seniors, and arts and recreation programming.
Queer Arts Network (QAN) is a group for LGBTQ newcomer youth, their friends and allies. Express yourself through art, poetry, music, the spoken word, or other forms of art / multi-media.
Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples provides resources, services and support to Spanish-speaking communities. Services include HIV/AIDS awareness & prevention, Hispanic Gay-Straight Alliance / Parent Support Group, legal clinic, newcomer settlement program, support for women experiencing violence, programs for youth and kids, and volunteer opportunities.
Salaam is an organization dedicated to Muslims who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual/transgender, intersex, questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity, and their families and friends. Salaam offers a support group for queer-identified Muslims and their allies in the GTA, and el-Tawhid Juma Circle Mosques. el-Tawhid Juma Circle Mosques are gender-equal, queer-friendly, and religiously non-discriminatory - in other words, all are welcome.